This view of Ma’alaea Harbor is from Route 30 that runs past Ma’alaea. There is a recreational boat ramp and boat repair facility within the harbor area. Numerous whale watch, snorkel and dive boats depart from here daily.
Ma’alaea Harbor is considered the windiest harbor in the world. The trade winds blowing across the Pacific have to pick up speed to get through the narrow opening between the two volcanos that make up Maui, resulting in high winds when they exit at Ma’alaea.
Mai Poina ‘Oe la’u Beach Park in Kihei is an excellent, but relatively unknown beach to visitors. Has all facilities, with parking along the street. Never gets crowed unless we get a kona wind, then the wind- and kitesurfers take over the place.
The Maui Loading Dock at Lahaina Harbor is the busiest spot at the harbor. It is here that recreational, whale-watch, ferry and cruise ship shuttle boats load and unload their passengers.
The Main Loading Dock at the boat entrance of Ma’alaea Harbor is undergoing major reconstruction. It originally was the site of a terminal for a ferry running between Honolulu and Ma’alaea that began service in 1975.
The Makawao Rodeo Grounds in Makawao remain mostly unused except for the Fourth of July holiday, when it becomes the center of rodeo action on the island.
Makena Bay in Makena is used by kayakers on this side of the island. And because of all the lava rock, it makes for good snorkeling.
Makena Landing at Makena is used for launching small water craft (see left), and is a popular spot for scuba divers. Divers explore all along the north (right) side, with some going all around the point to the other side. Has good snorkeling.
Mala Ramp, just north of Lahaina, is the only small boat launch facility on this side of the island. Several recreational boats load and unload passengers here for snorkeling and parasailing. (Mala Wharf is next to it. See below left.)
Mala Wharf was built in the early 1900‘s so trains carrying harvested sugar cane could pull right out to the waiting ocean vessels. Local hawaiian watermen advised against it because of the ocean currents. The wharf cracked the first time it was used, and was never used again for its intended purpose.
Maluaka Beach, fronting the Makena Beach Resort in Makena, is an excellent beach for sunning and snorkeling. The north end of the beach has a parking lot with all facilities a short walking distance away.
Maliko Bay, at Ha’iku on the North Shore, has a very small and well worn-out boat launch structure that attracts virtually no attention... until the large north swells roll onto Maui. Then the place is packed with trucks and trailers with jet skies that are used to tow surfers onto the ultra-large waves that roll into our famous Jaws surf spot.
The south side of Maluaka Beach in Makena has its own parking lot and facilities. This side of the beach also has a lawn and benches, and is a popular location for visitor weddings. Good snorkeling around all the rocks.
The current Maria Lanakila Catholic Church on Waine’e Street in Lahaina was completed in 1928. It sits on the foundation of the original church that was built in 1858. The first Catholic priests arrived on Maui in 1846.
The Maui Arts & Cultural Center across from Kahului Harbor is the site where virtually every touring band that comes through Hawaii plays on Maui. It has an outdoor stage specifically built for these events. There are also indoor auditoriums.
The Maui Memorial Medical Center in Wailuku is the major hospital on Maui. Employing over 1200 employees, with over 200 attending physicians, it has virtually all capabilities.
221 Mahalani Street, Wailuku 96793
Maui Raceway Park along Route 311 in Central Maui is operated by the Valley Isle Timing Association, and is a NHRA member track. The actual track is the U. S. Naval Air Station runway used during World War II.
The Maui High Performance Computer Center in Kihei is an Air Force Laboratory Center managed by the University of Hawaii. It is not open to the public.
The McGregor Point Lighthouse near Ma’alaea was constructed in 1915 as an aid to navigation for boats within Ma’alaea Bay. There’s a gravel road leading to the lighthouse.
Mokapu Beach in Wailea fronts the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. A rocky point that is good for snorkeling separates this beach and Ulua Beach.
Moku’ula is the most historically significant site in Lahaina. Up until the 1800’s, this large area was a pond with the tiny island of Moku’ula in the center; it was the home of Maui’s chiefs
After Moku’ula was abandoned, it was filled, and in 1918 the ball field you see today was built. There are currently long-range plans to restore the pond and island.
Mokuleia Bay north of Kapalua is within the Honolua-Mokuleia Conservation District. There’s parking along the road, with a long flight of stairs leading to this secluded beach below. No facilities.
Photos of Maui Beaches & Drives
Aloha, welcome to Maui!